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Australia #12

There is nothing as pretty as some of the flowers I found at the Healesville Sanctuary when I went with Leanne, her friend Suzanne and Carol. I wish I knew the names to share with you, but maybe someone will slip in and rescue my ignorance.

Healesville flowers

Maybe I felt hot and this reminded me of snow. Or maybe it was like blowing on dandelions, which I did as a child. (My dad must have loved that!) I could actually draw some of these random patterns. I love the hazy, spider webby, x-ray quality of this photo.

Healesville flowers

These Australian gum nut gems have special stories about them, the Snugglepot and Cuddlepie series by May Gibbs.

Healesville flowers


I love the calligraphy/centipede-style flower. Isn’t it stunning?

Healesville flowers These Australian fruits quickly dried and fell off in the warm summer weather. They look like raisins when dried, but these fruits do not look like grapes to me.

Healesville flowers

kangaroo paws

These brilliant leaf buds look like they are swimming in a watercolor sea.

Feel free to chime in if you know something about these. Which one is your favorite?

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    • Aren’t they adorable. I got some gorgeous flowers and plant pictures. I wish I knew the names of everything. I took some notes, but not enough. 🙂

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    • Thanks Kev. I love my Tamron lens. I think it goes from 70 to 280 so I can get a good macro shot if I don’t get too close. If I get too close, it can’t decide on what to focus automatically. My eyes are bad so I can’t focus well automatically. 🙂 Thanks again for the kind words.

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    • I love that comment. The way you said it sounds so Australian. Good on ya! 🙂 I just loved Australia, the wonderful people I met who spent time showing me its attributes and its uniquely Australian brand of English. I had so much fun. It was an experience of a lifetime.

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    • Thank you Jo. I followed Carol and Leanne around. Carol had her nose in the plants the whole trip. I looked to see what fascinated her so much and click. I got one too. We did not have to share pictures. I probably took over 1,500 pictures easily. Australia is a beautiful place. 🙂 Thanks for the nice comment, Jo. 🙂

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    • Australia is a beautiful place. You would love it. The people are pretty environmentally conscientious, too. At least Carol and her husband are. 🙂

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      • Haha marvelous Marsha! I have wanted to live there since I saw a documentary about it when I was three. I wanted to go to Queensland Uni and haunt Tasmania as frequently as possible. The obsession continues. Aussie…I can just imagine it. I am so glad you got to go and see it for yourself. Carol and her husband sound grand. I know Leanne is blasted groovy!! TOO wonderful. 😀

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        • It was blasted groovy, right! Did you read my Loo story? That was probably the funniest thing that happened during the entire trip. I showed the picture to my friend Margaret, and she puzzled over it just like I had. About 3-4 minutes after we moved along in the slide show, she came back to it and said, “I’m just trying to figure out how they would do it.” That was my problem exactly! We laughed so hard. 🙂

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Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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